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EVENTS & FESTIVALS IN LUANG NAMTHA
Almost every month of the year there is either a local festival or celebration in Laos. The word for festival in Lao is boun, which also means doing good things in order to gain merit for subsequent lives. If you are in Luang Namtha while any of the festivals are taking place you will surely be welcomed and asked to join the fun. Please feel free to participate, however remember that most of the festivals are based on religious beliefs, so your hosts will appreciate it if you respect local codes of behavior.

Main Event Schedule
Akha and Lahu New Year 
Hmong New Year
Seda New Year 
Lanten and Yao New Year
Panna and Tai Neua New year 
"Spirit of the New Rice Festival" by Khmu and Mon-khmer speaking ethnic groups
January




 
That Phoum Pouk Festival in Namtha District
Chinese New Year
Tai Dam Festival
February

 
"Kao Ban Festival" by the Akha ethnic group
"Pi Mai Lao" Lao New Year
"Poi Festival" (means Rocket Festival) in Muang Sing by Tai lue ethnic group
April

 
"Boun Bang Fai" or Rocket Festival in Luang Namtha May
"Feeding the spirit of the City Pillar" Lao Yuan ethnic group
"Vor Salee Festival" by Lahu ethnic group
June
 
"Swidden RiceField Festival" by the Lahu ethnic group before the harvest September
Boun Suang Heua (boat races in Namtha District) October
That Luang Namtha Festival in Namtha Province December
 
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